Brandon Flowers continues to bring out all-star guests at his Desired Effect concerts as he treks through Europe: After singing alongside Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde during a London show, the Killers singer was next joined by New Order‘s Bernard Sumner at his Manchester gig Sunday night, performing the classic “Bizarre Love Triangle.” The collaboration comes just days after it was revealed that Flowers was in the studio working with New Order on an unspecified project, NME reports.
“I remember when I was a kid, I lived in this really small town in rural Utah and nothing exciting was happening. It was when MTV used to be relevant and play great music videos,” Flowers said before introducing Sumner to the crowd. “I can still see what the room looked like and what kind day it was outside, and New Order was on the screen, and I was just hooked, and it ended up having a big influence on me later.” Flowers also dubbed Sumner, “the chairman of the beat.”
Flowers wasn’t exaggerating when he said New Order had a “big influence” on him: He named his outfit “the Killers” after the fictional band seen in New Order’s 2001 “Crystal” video. Flowers first joined New Order at the group’s T in the Park set in 2005 to perform “Crystal,” and then the Killers themselves covered the Get Ready single themselves at their own Manchester concert in February 2013 with Sumner as guest. This isn’t Flowers first time performing “Bizarre Love Triangle” either as the Killers, with Sumner again guesting, played the song together in Manchester in 2009.